2 arrested in Worth County for meth possession

Published 2:44 pm Saturday, October 27, 2018

A Worth County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested a Texas man and a Kenyon woman Friday morning in Worth County who were allegedly found with a large amount of methamphetamine during a traffic stop.

Benjamin Blaschka

The two people had reportedly just burglarized two pop machines in Northwood.

Benjamin Blaschka, 41, of New Braunfels, Texas, and Samantha Linaman, 28, of Kenyon are charged with methamphetamine possession with the intent to deliver, burglary tools possession, marijuana possession, controlled substance possession, third-degree criminal mischief, failure to affix a drug tax stamp, drug paraphernalia possession and fourth-degree theft.

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Linaman is charged with operating while intoxicated and driving without a driver’s license.

According to the Worth County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy pulled over a 2018 Toyota Corolla at 3:54 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Highway 105 and Mallard Avenue, west of Northwood.

Samantha Linaman

The deputy suspected Linaman, the driver of the vehicle, and Blaschka were allegedly under the influence of narcotics.

“As a result of the investigation, a search of the vehicle was conducted,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “As a result of the search, deputies recovered numerous items of drug paraphernalia, plastic baggies, scales, cellphones, a Schedule II narcotic prescription pill unaccompanied by a valid prescription, a small amount of marijuana and a large amount of meth.”

Deputies allegedly found several tools commonly used in burglaries within the passenger area of the vehicle, as well as three coin machines from pop machines at a local Northwood business, “and it was determined the suspects had just committed the theft,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

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